The “From Folklore to World Music” Colloquy takes place traditionally at the end of July, within a week-long Folk Music Holiday festival in Náměšť nad Oslavou, Czech Republic. The colloquy was launched in 2003, was repeated after a year-gap in 2005, and since 2007 it has been organized each year. Over the years, the colloquy has become a household name within the festival: not only because of its structured programme, but also for the core of its regular presenters and even for regularly attending visitors, though their number keeps increasing every year. The colloquy scope is quite wide; it invites presentations and discussion on ethnic music, traditional folk music, contemporary folk music, and world music. The speakers come both from a scholarly environment, and from music media: they are ethnologists, ethnomusicologists, ethno choreologists, musicologists, and aestheticians, as well as editors and writers, and quite often musicians as well. In fact, the meeting in one room of professionals from two opposite sides of the music field was the original intention of the colloquy founders. The theme of the colloquy differs each year (because it is related to the theme of the festival), but the attendees are united in their aim to discover all possible aspects of music “from folklore to world music”, to discuss it and to present their own special interest within the theme. Each year, presentations from the colloquy are published in a reviewed volume, which is available both in paper and electronic forms.

 The 18th  international colloquy on folk music, modern folk music, ethnic music and world music 

From Folklore to World Music: Music and Capital

Náměšť nad Oslavou, July 27 – 28, 2021


Call for paper / call for attendance

The Municipal Culture Centre in Náměšť nad Oslavou and organizers of the 35th Annual Folk Holidays Festival (Folkové prázdniny) are pleased to announce the fourteenth international colloquy on folk music, modern folk music, ethnic music and world music. The colloquy will take place on July 27 - 28, 2021, on the premises in the hall of the CETT complex in Náměšť nad Oslavou as part of the week-long Folk Holidays Festival (folk music and world music). The colloquy is made possible with a financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

The title of 2021 From Folkore to World Music colloquy is: Music and Capital.

Since the 1970s, social sciences have frequently asked questions concerning the status of individuals in social environment and the conditions for transforming such environment. In search for an answer, you can find a study of different types of capital that was developed by the French sociologist Pierre Félix Bourdier (1930 –2002). Nevertheless, a general concept of capital which can be distinguished as economical, social and cultural capital, can gain a specific form only if it is linked to a specific social and historical context. Provided we are loosely inspired by this theoretical frame, we can observe a wide spectrum of issues that are connected to the content of the 2021 Náměšť colloquy: Music and Capital. Such as:
What is the meaning of specific types of capital for the sphere of arts and the sphere of music?
How defining are the bonds between intangible (that is, social and cultural) and tangible capitals for music and for other spheres of art?
What is a possible relation between cultural capital (that is, knowledge or skills acquired) and a life journey of a selected individual, and for its change?
How to analyse, for example, the phenomena of folk culture in the light of the concept of capital?
Why are these phenomena often and repeatedly a subject of political capital?
Does it involve other music genres apart of traditional folk music?
Is it ever possible to fit a subtle texture of culture accounts into a construction of social sciences?

The organizers of the colloquy are looking forward to proposals from scholars, musicians, ensemble members, organizers, journalists, and others, who are close to folk music, modern folk music, ethnic music, and world music. The colloquy will be held in two languages: Czech and English. Presentations are limited with time (15 minutes) and space (5 pages, or 9.000 characters). Selected presentations will be published.

Send your applications and proposals (about 200 words) in English to the address below by May 31, 2021
Your application should include:
- the title of your presentation
- a summary of your presentation in about 200 words
- your requirements on equipment
- your name (your academic titles)
- the name of the organization or institution you represent
- your mail address
- your e-mail
- your phone number (your fax number)

Send your applications and proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021; you will be informed about the acceptance of your proposal and your slot in the colloquy program by mid-June. A general preliminary program of the colloquy will be included as well. Lodging in Náměšť nad Oslavou will be provided for free for two nights (that is July 27, 28) to the registered presentees. The registration includes free access to festival concerts from July 26 to July 29, as well as one free copy of colloquy proceedings late on.